west·​bound | \ ˈwes(t)-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce westbound (audio) \

Definition of westbound

: traveling or heading west

Examples of westbound in a Sentence

Traffic in the westbound lane is backing up.

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On Battery Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues, the westbound lane will be closed and the eastbound general vehicle and bus-only lanes will be open. Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times, "Expect Belltown lane closures this week for Battery Street Tunnel work," 13 Apr. 2019 Robinson was westbound on 11th when Noel attempted to cross the street. Max Londberg, kansascity, "Police say driver was texting when he allegedly struck, killed KC man using wheelchair," 28 June 2018 The plan is to improve the traffic flow of state Route 52 and Mast, adding a lane on westbound 52 from Mast to Interstate 15, according to Jeff O’Connor, Home Fed’s director of operations. Karen Pearlman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Traffic woes in Santee have developer eyeing ways to help community," 11 June 2018 By early afternoon, northbound Interstate 270 and westbound Interstate 66 were experiencing slow traffic for the middle of the day, according to transportation experts. Washington Post, "D.C. region prepares for sleet, freezing rain this afternoon and evening," 6 Mar. 2018 The accident occurred in a westbound lane, an FDNY official said. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "FDNY Mourns the Loss of ‘Model’ Rookie," 7 Jan. 2019 Caltrans on Wednesday will permanently close the on-ramp from westbound Friars Road to southbound state Route 163, the agency said. City News Service, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Caltrans to permanently close westbound Friars Road on-ramp to SR-163 south," 13 June 2018 No specifics of the crash were provided, but according to MLive.com, police were called around 3 p.m. to a rollover crash on westbound Ecorse Road, near Denton Road and the Willow Run Airport. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball assistant Saddi Washington OK after rollover crash," 3 Apr. 2018 The closure will allow the DOT to install a high-friction surface treatment near the westbound bridge. Debi Eimer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Work on Highway 16 will close westbound lanes near Sawyer Road this weekend," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of westbound

1847, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of westbound

: going toward the west


west·​bound | \ ˈwest-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce westbound (audio) \

Kids Definition of westbound

: going west a westbound train

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to move or proceed with twists and turns

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